Major distribution centre opens at Ruakura Superhub

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 7, 2023

Kmart has opened its new North Island distribution centre at the Ruakura Superhub.

It is the Superhub’s largest occupier to date.

The extensive facility on a 9ha lot, will serve as a strategic hub for Kmart’s North Island operations and beyond, succeeding the existing site in Wiri, South Auckland. It includes warehousing, distribution, storage, a container yard, and office facility.

Chair of Tainui Group Holdings, the hub’s developer, Hinerangi Raumati, said the opening of the facility for Kmart marks out the Ruakura Superhub as ‘business ready’ after four years of intensive development and construction for the 92ha first stage of the 490ha Ruakura Superhub.

“Kmart’s commitment to Ruakura is a real boost to the Hamilton and Waikato economies. It’s a major statement of confidence in our region as a distribution and logistics centre,” said Raumati.

“The recent opening of the 9ha inland port and now the opening of this 40,000m2 facility symbolise our vision for the Ruakura Superhub to bring benefits to our iwi, community and the country as a whole for generations to come.”

Last month, TGH marked the first goods trains to call at the adjacent 9ha Ruakura Inland Port, served by two 800m rail sidings offering seamless rail connections to the Port of Tauranga and MetroPort in Auckland. These ports are currently served by around 85 train services per week, and call ins at the Ruakura Inland Port will be scaled to meet demand.